It was a case of friends reunited this week as David Beckham led the charge of the old Manchester United teammates who hit their old city for a night of reminiscing. The youth team of ’92 may not have changed much in terms of facial appearance, but their hairstyles certainly have.
Gone are Ryan Giggs‘s curls, Paul Scholes has a noticeable receding hairline, and Nicky Butt has done away with his locks altogether. Even Becks himself has a higher hairline than previously, and whilst it’s true that teenage boys will usually experience their hairline moving upwards slightly as it changes from a juvenile to a mature hairline, male pattern hair loss can also begin at a fairly young age.
Hair Loss: Be On the Ball
So, how can you tell when genetic hair loss has onset? Signs to look out for are a general thinning over the top of the scalp, as this is where hair follicles can be genetically predisposed to being affected by the powerful androgen DHT. The beginnings of a receding hairline, or a ‘widow’s peak’ is also an early indicator, as is a thinning crown, or the beginnings of a ‘bald spot’.
We see many men in their twenties and thirties at our clinic, who have correctly established that their genetic hair loss has onset and want to do something about it before it becomes noticeable. A bespoke hair loss treatment plan can prevent baldness and regrow thinning areas of the scalp, although to be effective it would need to contain proven hair loss medication.
A Team Effort
For thinning hair, the DHT blocker Propecia has been proven to be very effective. Licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (the UK and US medical regulatory bodies respectively) as a hair loss treatment medication, Propecia is a daily tablet that helps to prevent hair follicles becoming irreparably damaged.
The second (and only other) proven medication for hair loss is the topical treatment minoxidil. For highly targeted treatment, applying a high strength minoxidil directly to the affected area(s) can stimulate new hair growth. This allows for precise treatment of a receding hairline providing the area you are targeting isn’t completely shiny and bald as these are signs that the hair follicles are dead and can no longer be stimulated.
Of course, we know how important hair is to a footballer, so Belgravia’s treatment plans contain not only proven medication, but a number of hair growth boosters that can enhance regrowth and ensure that hair is looking its best. From the FDA-cleared LaserComb, which can speed up regrowth, to the nutritional supplement Hair Vitalics, all bases are covered, allowing you to keep your eye on the ball.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.